And along the way there were the near misses — The Pats’ Super Bowl losses in 2008 and 2012, the Celtics’ loss in the 2010 championships and Bruins’ loss in the Stanley Cup finals earlier this year.
All of this winning has gone to our heads. Football fans gripe that the Patriots, at 6-2, just aren’t as good as they should be (certainly the folks down in Jacksonville, where the Jaguars sit at 0-8, would love to have that problem). The sports radio shows lament the Bruins are off to a middling start at 7-4 (from the Buffalo Sabres’ 2-11 vantage point, that must ring hollow). The Celtics, who just started their season, are expected to have a mediocre to poor year (the kind of year that is the lifetime achievement of the New Jersey Nets.)
Even now, barely a day since the World Series trophy was wrested by Boston, there’s angst over what will become of the Red Sox next year, assuming Jacoby Ellsbury leaves for a better contract (Yankees fans seem to have a lot more to worry about).
These are the golden days of Boston sports. No matter which professional sport you watch, there has been a reason to celebrate. There is something in “that dirty water” that is magical.